Conservation Biology and Biodiversity Management (Master)

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The master's programme in Conservation Biology and Biodiversity Management aims at educating qualified experts in conservation biology working in public administration, nature reserve management (both on a national and international level), test procedures (e.g. nature impact assessments according to EU directives), and eco-friendly planning and consulting. Graduates of this master's programme are experts in managing biological diversity in a national, European and international context, taking a problem-oriented approach. They are familiar with the relevant protected natural resources (from species to habitats and landscape), which are either specifically defined by national or international law, or are generally endangered.

Master of Science

Degree Programme Code: 066 879

4 semesters / 120 ECTS credits

Language: German

NO entrance examination

Curriculum

Attention

Instruction Language German

Please note that the instruction language of this programme is German. To start the degree programme, you need to hold a certificate of German proficiency on C1 level.

Study Programme

The degree programme consists of the compulsory modules Conservation Biology; Conservation: Cultural, Social, Economic Perspectives; Conservation Laws and Conventions; Conservation Training; and Ecological Restauration, and the group of compulsory modules Special Knowledge of Protected Species, Habitats and Landscapes. In addition, students have to complete the group of elective modules Conservation Biology and Biodiversity Management, requiring students to choose three modules out of the following: Management of Protected Sites; Conservation Policy; Ex-Situ Conservation; Spatial Analysis and Presentation Techniques; Conservation Related Methodologies of Social, Cultural and Economic Sciences; and Bioindication. Students also have to complete the module Additional Scientific Skills for Biologists, write a master's thesis and pass a public defence.

Five Concepts

which you will deal with during your studies (examples):

  • Restoration
  • Diversity
  • Ecology
  • Ex-situ conservation
  • Bioindication

 Overview of the programme structure & topics

Here you find the current offer of courses for this programme to gain better insight into the topics and structure. For more information please click on the respective level.



After Graduation

Graduates can pursue a career in the following occupational fields:

  • public administration (state and federal offices, ministries), and ecological consulting for various corporate bodies, communities and associations
  • supervision, monitoring and management of protected areas (protected areas according to federal state laws and EU NATURA 2000 sites, as well as international protected areas, such as national parks, biosphere reserves, Ramsar sites, and World Natural Heritage sites)
  • supervision and implementation of wildlife conservation programmes, as well as population monitoring of endangered species (especially priority species according to the Habitats Directive)
  • management of ecological development programmes, strategic EIAs, transnational environmental planning
  • research sector (higher education institutions, departments, universities of applied science, and other teaching and research institutions related to ecology and environmental topics)
  • NGOs as competent “campaigners”, consultants and heads of working groups or institutions
  • consulting in and of companies in the private sector (planning offices, scientific research institutions)
  • national, European and international institutions and organisations (European Environment Agency, IUCN, UNEP, UNESCO)
  • agriculture and forestry, working on questions relating to conservation biology and biodiversity.

Graduates' Perspective on the Degree Programme

Graduate Survey

The University asks graduates to provide their opinion about the degree programme immediately after graduating. The survey results show how graduates evaluate the degree programme they completed from a subject-specific and organisational perspective.

 

The graduate survey is an important feedback tool for continuously improving the quality of studies.

Career Tracking of Graduates

The tracking of graduates provides information about the career paths of the University of Vienna graduates and aims at providing guidance for career entry after graduation (e.g. questions about the duration of job search until first employment after graduation, salary development and sectors that graduates are active in).